I’d have to say that these sculptures were probably one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done with students! The Grade 5/6s really embraced this project and their creativity thrived! Five weeks ago, we came together as a class and discussed Ryniak’s aesthetic style, such as chubby tummies, warts, wrinkles, small in scale and monochromatic (in most cases). This rich discussion lead to a series of sketches, where students could start to imagine their creature on paper. The following weeks were all about the 3D work. Students experienced working with clay – thank you to the mums who came and helped me during the clay lessons, you were lifesavers!! Students learnt about mixed-media by working with faux fur, beads, wire, tissue paper, pipe cleaners and faux leather. To finish, students had to fill out a self-reflection sheet, which encouraged them to think about their ideas, craftsmanship, problem-solving strategies and skills they learnt or needed to employ to create their sculpture. Watching the students rush over to their sculpture at the beginning of the lesson and excitedly gather their materials to start creating filled me with joy! I’m so proud of these kids and the amazing work they do! Hopefully you enjoy looking at the sculptures, as much as we enjoyed making them!
I often get asked a lot by parents if I know of any good art classes or workshops their children could do outside of school. Art Play at federation Square have a wide range of contemporary and super creative art workshops purely dedicated to children from toddlers to 12 year olds. Click on the link to view what’s on at that moment and if you decide to go to a workshop, let me know how it was!
Whilst you’re out in the city, you might want to check out NGV kids. The Viktor and Rolf kids space is sure to be a hit: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/atelier-viktorandrolf-for-kids/“As part of the Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition, NGV Kids presents Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids, an interactive space designed especially for children and families. Here the fashion designers share their experimental approach to fashion and design through displays, multimedia experiences and hands-on activities.”
…and just to jam-pack a little more art into your day, you could also check out Fake Food Park by Martí Guixé for Kids: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/marti-guixe/“Especially for NGV Kids, Catalan food designer Martí Guixé has created a vibrant environment in which children are inspired to think creatively about common foods via drawing challenges and hands-on activities.”
As part of the Space and Science-Fiction Art unit this term the Grade 5/6s are focusing on the work of American sculptor, toy maker and drawer, Chris Ryniak. This week, students explored his work through rich discussions and developmental sketches. Next week we will bring these drawings to life, when students create their creatures out of clay!
In term One, Preps will be easing into the art room by learning routines and experiencing play-based art. The focus is not on finished artefacts, but rather an opportunity for students to explore different mediums. This term is all about Space and Science-Fiction Art with a particular focus for the Preps on collaging and fine-motor skills such as drawing, cutting and gluing. Students will start their space unit off by creating a rocket collage, giving them experience with printmaking, painting and collaging. To finish off the term, students will learn to use watercolour paints to create a martian in a flying saucer spaceship artwork.
Grade 1 and 2
Get ready for takeoff because in Term One Grade 1 and 2 students will be exploring Space and Science-Fiction Art! Term One always flies past so quickly, so rather than creating artworks which need a lot of time, students will be creating fun, bright and less time-consuming space inspired collages. Students will be looking at a variety of different artistic interpretations of robots and informed by this exposure, they will create their very own robot collage made from an eclectic mix of materials. Students will experience a process-based method of approaching art, in which they will design a robot through drawing and then adapting their design during the collaging phase. To finish the term, students will create colorful oil pastel aliens, with a focus on texture.
Grade 3 and 4
It’s all about intergalactic artwork this term, as students explore Space and Science-Fiction in Art! Students will be looking at the work of artists such as Djuno Tomsni and a series of science-fiction artworks spanning back to the 1970s. Students will create a fun astronaut self-portrait, which will focus on perspective, drawing and painting skills. In the second half of the term, students will create a grey-scale lunar landscape focusing on perspective, scale and shading.
Grade 5 and 6
Watch out, your kid might be taking a friendly alien home as part of the Space and Science-Fiction in Art unit this term. Students will have the opportunity to create small clay aliens based on the sculptural works of American artist Chris Ryniak. Students will create a series of alien sketches and eventually take one of those sketches and turn it into a sculpture. The focus for this project is on showing emotion, character, colour and texture in their sculptures, whilst having the opportunity to explore the tactile experience of working with clay. To finish the term, students will be creating a robot painting with a focus on shape, light and shading.
It’s a new year and that means a new door display! This year I’ve been inspired by Frida Kahlo and her beautiful quote, “I paint flowers, so they will not die”. I used old leftover scraps from the childrens’ paintings to make this display! I cannot wait to see all my wonderful mini artists next week!
As part of the I ain’t gonna paint no more! project, Grade 5/6 students used different mediums to change the way we viewed an ordinary self-portrait. Students experimented with going beyond the border of their face, cutting their portrait up to make it disjointed, using paper to add texture and pastels and textas to add colour. The results were unique and powerful!
Wow! What an amazing experience the face painting workshops were for every child involved!! Thank you to all who donated face paint, without your generosity this project would not have been a success.
We started the workshop off by showing the students the videos below and then asking them questions about how Humphries and Meade’s work relates to the I ain’t gonna paint no more! project we’ve been working on since the beginning of term.
Students offered up insightful perspectives on illusions, using skin as a canvas and playing with ideas and concepts to change how we interpret artwork. Students demonstrated higher-order thinking skills when exploring and responding to the artworks, through means of class discussion and artistic expression during the second half of the workshop. Students were given 20 minutes to paint their partner’s face and then they swapped and had their face painted. Students that chose to opt-out painted a mask. It’s so great to see young primary school children participating in such great contemporary art projects!
Thank you to Paige and Max from Grade 3 for being our official photographers for the day! You did an amazing job capturing the creativity of the workshops!
Andrew Williamson helped to run the workshops and took some of these amazing close-up portraits below, just stunning!
Following on from the photographic portraits, here are some collaborative portraits done over a 50 minute session. The idea behind this stage of the project was to spark a conversation around ownership of artwork, leading up to the face painting workshop. Each student was given a piece of paper and was told to only draw two things on the face, for example an eye and nose. The students then swapped their drawing with another person and drew two more facial features. There were 7 swaps in total. We had such a great reflective discussion regarding who owned the work and why. Some students were territorial over their first work, others weren’t fussed and believed everyone owned the work. Some students tried to tame works, others tried to make them more wild. Some students respected the style or aesthetic, others wanted to do their own thing. Overall, it was a great experience for students to work collaboratively and not get too attached to the artwork.